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Big show: Grande to play AFP this weekend

Big show: Grande to play AFP this weekend

Michael Grande played at Woodstock as a member of Richie Havens' band. He has also performed with such notable musicians as Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Jose Feliciano and Van Morrison, among others.

Michael Grandé is a phenomenal guitarist, known for his five-finger picking technique, guitar flourishes, soft, gentle voice, and rapport with his audiences.

His repertoire includes Western ballads, flamenco instrumentals and folk, pop and devotional songs. Many of the songs he plays are his own compositions.

In 1969, Grandé played at Woodstock, where he was invited to become a member of Richie Havens' band. In addition to playing with Havens, Grandé has performed around the world with many well-known artists, including Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, José Feliciano and Van Morrison, just to name a few.

Grandé has appeared at major performance venues all over the world. In the United States, these include Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, Central Park, Phoenix's Desert Sky Pavilion and Country Thunder, where he received three standing ovations from a crowd of 250,000.

Doors open at 1 p.m., with performances starting at 2 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults and $6 for children 17 and under. For reservations, call 520-378-6165 or email reservations@arizonafolklore.com.

To get there: Go 6 miles south of Sierra Vista on Highway 92 to Ramsey Canyon Road. Turn right (west) on Ramsey Canyon Road, drive 3.3 miles into the canyon, and watch for the AFP entrance and sign to the left.

Coming soon: Upcoming performers at the AFP include Western music duo Notable Exceptions on Nov. 17 and 18 and Dolan Ellis, Arizona’s official state balladeer, on Nov. 24 and 25.

For more information, including performance schedules and additional information on featured artists, visit the AFP website at www.arizonafolklore.com or call 520-378-6165.

Submitted by Carolyn Santucci

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